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SPCA (HK) Survey of Sick Animals from Pet Shops

Since November 2006, the SPCA has been conducting a survey into sick puppies (and kittens) sold by pet shops. We are undertaking this project to highlight animal welfare issues, improve the well-being of the puppies and protect potential pet owners.

The project was partly made possible in September 2005, when compulsory micro-chipping was introduced in Hong Kong. Micro-chipping allows us to more accurately trace dogs and identify those pet shops that are selling puppies without a micro-chip.

The following are some interesting facts reports regarding sick puppies from information obtained so far. Of the 225 reported cases between November 2006 and January 2012, we found that:

The SPCA believes these figures are only the tip of the iceberg and that the actual figures are much higher. We will continue to conduct this survey to highlight problems associated with the pet shop trade in Hong Kong, while also lobbying the government for stronger regulation within the industry.

We would like to ask all HKVA veterinary surgeons who may see a sick puppy (or kitten) sold from a pet shop (or internet/ breeder) to help complete the attached form and send to the fax or e-mail address provided.

Reports will be sent on a regular basis to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) to highlight any problems and reveal trends in the Hong Kong pet trade. This survey has the full backing of both the Hong Kong Veterinary Association (HKVA) and the Animal Welfare Advisory Group (AWAG) of the AFCD.

For more details regarding the survey results please view the following Powerpoint: